Time-lapse video taken from International Space Station orbiting Earth at night


21 Responses to “Time-lapse video taken from International Space Station orbiting Earth at night”

  1. Oh, to be able to do that every day, every 90 minutes.

  2. royaltrux says:

    The lightning was particularly cool. The urban light pollution, while pretty from space, is somewhat saddening.

  3. tylerkaraszewski says:

    The lightning storm was awesome. What is the city with the greenish lights?

  4. Jim Saul says:

    Or just about anything else, from wasted energy production to disrupted nocturnal species that fill some key ecological niches.

  5. RebNachum says:

    Bah. My heart bleeds for the vampires and goths. On the other hand just think — if we had polluted ourselves past the ability to see, there wouldn’t BE any space program.

    • Jim Saul says:

      There’s a lot to wonder about in that idea… if the stars were obscured before even our ability to pollute, say by extra cloud cover, what impact on religion?  Would agriculture have been harder to develop?  Navigation?

      And while on the questions, why isn’t there a live stream of this gob-smacking view?!

  6. GuyInMilwaukee says:

    We’ve been in space for how long and this is the first time-lapse around the globe?
    NASA needs a marketing team.

    • Wanna see Enceladus, Titan, Saturn, Io, oh and the other moons of a single planet.  Saturn.  Then there’s Jupiter, Venus, Mars (with twitter feed) Voyager just left the solar system.  Probably launched when you had no idea of continence, but hey, still going strong.

      “You want links?  You can’t handle the links!”


    • Guest says:

      I’d do it for free- if they’d send me up there! :D

  7. ryunosuke says:

    While light pollution is definitely a problem for stargazers, in reality the cities we see don’t shine as brightly as in the video. Each frame is a photograph taken with longer exposure than normal, meaning that more light is absorbed and comes out starker in the photo.

    These cities are actually quite dim when seen with the naked eye, but it is nevertheless rather astonishing that we can see them at all.

    • Jim Saul says:

      Like showing people nebulae through a telescope, and they expect to see Hubble images.  Only Saturn, Jupiter, and Mars are reliably impressive, even to the urban amateur astronomer.  I have to think that there would be more support for the space program if more people experienced truly dark skies.

      Exposure, post-processing and light pollution aside, the effect is here is hypnotically beautiful.

  8. GIFtheory says:

    Obligatory spelling lesson: Colombia, not Columbia.

  9. Guest says:

    Beautiful. :3

  10. General Specific says:

    It’s probably because I’m a little bit drunk, but this made me tear up.  So beautiful.

  11. Mind numbingly beautiful.

    Glorious in every sense of the word.

  12. Alex S says:

    I think I saw my house!

  13. The International Space Station can easily be spotted with the naked
    eye. Because of its size (110m x 100m x 30m) it reflects very much
    sunlight. The best time to observe the ISS is when it is night time at your
    location, but the Space Station is sunlit. Such a situation occurs often
    in the morning before sunrise or in the evening after sunset.

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